Chike and the River has ratings and 75 reviews. Orient said: Oh yeah, I did it, I picked a book without magic, monsters and great villains:D Miracle. Chike and the River is a sixty-page chapter book intended for middle readers with illustrations by Prue Theobalds. Chike, a Nigerian boy. “In Chike and the River, young readers get an intimate look at African life, learn about the Niger River, and connect with Chike as if he is their.

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The ferry ride is six-pence one way and this is beyond his means. I would recommend this book for everyone because it is a short fascinating Novel and the author seems to be good at keeping the readers attention.

He fhe an ambassador of art, and a profound recorder of the human condition. Rather than getting that visceral sense of such a distant place from where I am right nowit felt a bit trivial, with some foreign vocab thrown in for show. Whether read as a children’s tale or a simple short story, readers of all ages tbe learn something from this booklet set in Africa.

Light, quick, but not necessarily essential reading.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The tone is very much Achebe, and the illustrations, though also simple, give a little vitality to the book. It is the story of chkie Nigerian boy called Chike who leaves his village, Umuofia, to go and stay with his uncle in the big city of Onitsha.


Novels by Chinua Achebe novels Novels set in Africa Children’s novels Nigerian English-language novels children’s books s children’s novel stubs Nigeria stubs African novel stubs. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Because this follows an intrepid character who thinks in interesting ways, it actually reminded me of Ramona the Pest, Beverly Thw masterpiece, which I recently re-read.

Chike and the River

The story seems to encourage young people in Africa to go out from the villages and look for a better future in the big cities, but warns of dangers and offers moral guidelines.

Even when the teachers, who were predominantly white, presented the material with no personal bias, the stories themselves contained racial stereotypes that portrayed Africans as primitive and superstitious. The ending I shall leave for you to discover Avoiding spoilers here. Ashes in the Snow Movie Tie-In. No need to worry: I would definitely recommend this book to all the children I know.

rivee And frankly the book didn’t have quite the narrative anyway to go much longer. In the end, I expected there to be a very obvious lesson, sort of like Aesop’s Fables, but it wasn’t blatantly stated, which I liked a lot! Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes chikd life on the other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to make it home.

I enjoyed some of the short stories in this book, but at times it felt very scattered and slow. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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If you have 30 minutes and any interest, this tale by Achebe will charm you. Chike is a young boy from the small village of Umuofia in West Africa. As editor of the African Writers Series and director of external broadcasting at the Nigerian Broadcast Service where he founded the Voice of Nigeria, he was a major cultural leader.


I have to read more of Achebe’s stuff. Preview — Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe. It was just okay. Lists with This Book.

Achebe’s tiver focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Rivwr influences, and the clash of values during and after the colonial era.

The illustrated edition, from Anchor Books, is quite lovely, and worth tracking down. Intermediate teachers would enjoy sharing this small chapter book with their students.

Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe

I think kids anywhere would like it. This story of a boy who does what he isn’t meant to but it all ends for the best doesn’t do it for me. While this does not feel the caliber of Things Fall Apart, it is good story. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. Read it Forward Read it first.

This children’s novella seems to have been recently reissued with a bright, attractive cover. Mar 11, Ravi Jain rated it liked it. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student.